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Spike Lee Pays Out After Tweeting Wrong Address For Trayvon Martin Shooter

Settles mistake

By Richard Gilzene on Monday 2nd April 2012 Photo by WENN.com

Director Spike Lee has made a financial settlement with a couple whose address he wrongly tweeted as belonging to Travyon Martin shooter George Zimmerman.

Lee had retweeted a previous message which was doing the rounds online to his 250,000 followers, inviting people to "pay a visit" to an address which was claimed to be Zimmerman's. However, the property actually belonged to an elderly husband and wife.

The couple were forced to flee their house following the mixup, after receiving death threats and media attention. Last week Lee tweeted an message of apology, saying: "I Deeply Apologize To The McClain Family For Retweeting Their Address.It Was A Mistake.Please Leave The McClain's in Peace.Justice In Court."

It's since been revealed a financial claim from the couple has also been settled, with their attorney confirming in an email to Nation Now: "The McClains' claim is fully resolved. Mr. Lee personally called them to give a very heartfelt apology. Further, he agreed to compensate them for their loss and the disruption to their lives."

The Travyon Martin shooting is still being investigated by Florida authorities, with George Zimmerman reported to be in hiding.

African-American celebrities including Chris Brown have shown their support for Martin by posting a series of pictures of themselves in hoodies, to highlight the negative consquences of racial profiling.

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